DONG Energy has inaugurated its new office in Taipei, Taiwan, and shared its ambition to develop four offshore wind farms in the Changhua area.
In Northern Europe, DONG Energy currently has 3 GW of installed offshore wind, which equals the Taiwanese government’s 2025 offshore wind target.
According to the developer, Taiwan has similar geographic conditions to those of Northern Europe – conditions very suitable for offshore wind farms. In addition, says DONG, Taiwan has a solid regulatory framework in place to offer visibility for the industry and attract investments.
“Building on our 25 years of experience with offshore wind, I believe we can help Taiwan make the most of its tremendous offshore wind resources,” says Matthias Bausenwein, DONG Energy’s Asia-Pacific general manager. “Offshore wind can become a key component in Taiwan’s future energy mix and provide a stable, utility-scale and green source of power from the strong winds in the Taiwan Strait.”
Among the 36 offshore wind farm sites planned by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, 21 sites are located in the Changhua County. DONG Energy is currently carrying out a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) on four of these sites.
Provided that the EIAs are approved by the Taiwanese government and subject to investment approvals by the company’s board of directors, DONG Energy intends to develop the sites into a total offshore wind capacity of at least 2 GW and make a significant investment into Taiwan’s energy infrastructure.